Vokoun moving on from Caps

Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun will test the NHL free-agent market this summer. (ANN...

Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun will test the NHL free-agent market this summer. (ANN HEISENFELT/Reuters file photo)

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Braden Holtby's superb playoff performance didn't do anything to sway injured Washington Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun's decision about where he'll play next season.

Holtby was forced into the starting role in the playoffs when Vokoun tore a groin muscle late in the regular season and likely supplanted the 35-year-old Czech as the Caps' No. 1 goalie. But apparently it was a moot point for Vokoun, who has no intention of re-signing with the Capitals.

"I wasn't plan on being back here anyways," Vokoun told the Washington Post. "For me, it was never intention to be here more than a year. For me, it's more disappointing about how it went and obviously getting hurt and not having the chance to play in playoffs. That's what I regret more than worrying about what's going to be next year. I was looking at it as a one-year thing and I'm sure that's how it's gonna be."

Vokoun, who added that he was happy to see Holtby play well in his absence, signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Capitals last summer. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.


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